(That is, if you can even muster up the courage to actually step on it, shedding every last thread of clothing, bobby pins, glasses, rings...anything that could nudge the number in an upward direction.)
If you step on it and the numbers are down...
...it's a great day!
But, if your weight's up - despite your fabulous nutrition and exercise routine the previous day - you think, "Why did I bother?"
Perhaps you don't even own a weight scale or maybe you smashed it long ago because you were tired of the emotional rollercoaster ride it took you on. Good for you.
If using a bathroom scale sends you into a tailspin, then it's probably not the best weight loss tool for you.
However, if you're one of those people who can disconnect your emotions from the display on the scale...
...and simply view the number as feedback...
...then a digital scale is actually a fabulous weight loss tool.
Several well-controlled studies have found that daily weighing helps with both weight loss and prevention of weight gain. They've shown:
In other words, a scale - digital or otherwise - can help you catch yourself before you get too far off track! Wouldn't it be nice to get a "heads up" when you've gained two pounds, rather than after you've gained twenty?
Don't like the number you see? Don't give any power to it! Simply use the feedback you're getting to reinforce the fact that you need to make some changes in your food and/or exercise choices.
Frequent weighing can lead to an unhealthy obsession with weight and unhealthy weight-control behaviors. According to research, female teens are at particular risk and should not be encouraged to weigh themselves daily.
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